It’s Baby’s First Birthday!

Where on EARTH did that year go..?

Baby's First Birthday

Those magical first twelve months will pass by in a warm and fuzzy (sleep-deprived, coffee-fuelled) kaleidoscopic blur of memories, struggles, achievements and firsts – and before you know it, baby’s first birthday is looming. Whether you fancy throwing a big party to mark the occasion or if you’re looking for alternative ways to celebrate baby’s first year without all the fuss of a big bash, here are some of our top tips for marking this most auspicious milestone with style.

Paperless Post

Baby's First Birthday


… Because who’s got time for writing and posting real invitations? We absolutely love this online invitation generator for its massive range of stunning invitation designs, its easy-peasy RSVP function and the option to personalise your invite with a cute snap of the little one. Way cooler than a simple email invitation and a little more special than setting up a Facebook event. Oh, and most designs are free.


Cake Smash Photography

1st Birthday Cake Smash

A photoshoot with a difference! This emerging trend in the UK (it’s already huge in the States) involves letting your one-year-old loose with a birthday cake… and allowing a professional photographer to capture the messy play, carnage and cuteness as it unfolds. The beauty of the cake smash photo shoot? There’s no clearing up to do afterwards! Our cake smash photo shoots tend to culminate in shots of baby splashing about in a tub of soapy suds.

Cake Smash Clean Up

Pick a theme or colour scheme and we will style the cake smash set, provide lots of fun props, and commission a stunning themed birthday cake from our fantastic local baker. Themes can be based around colour schemes or favourite books or characters, such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar or Batman. Got something else in mind? Let’s see what we can do!


See more of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake Smash shoot here.

For full Cake Smash Photography Information visit the Cake Smash Photography page.


Baby's First Birthday

You know we love an app, and this one is yet another clever way to make your life as a parent that little bit easier. Here’s a heads up if you haven’t done this before: you will be inundated with gifts for your child’s first birthday, party or no party. Either get ahead of the game and order in a stack of thank you cards, or download Touchnote and load up your credit so you can send all those generous friends and family members a real postcard which’ll pop through their letterbox a couple of days after you’ve hit ‘send’ on your smartphone. This is a lovely way to show people your baby enjoying their gifts, since it’s so easy to snap and upload images. Add a different image to each individual thank you card and personalise each one with your own message, or send the same postcard out to everyone with a message you can tweak for each recipient. You can even personalise the stamp with a picture of your own! A great app to keep on your home screen for summer holiday postcard-writing, too.

Been there and done that? Let us know your best tips and hacks for a super first birthday celebration!


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